Sholing Junior School

Achieving Together

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How will I know how my child is getting on?
Assessment for learning is at the heart of our practice and this is how we ensure children continue to make the best progress they can in school.  We send out progress reports in the Spring term and a full report in the Summer term alongside Parents' Evenings to keep you informed of your child's progress.


The National Curriculum sets out expectations for each year group and children are assessed against those every year, so a child in Year 6 will always be judged in the first instance against the expectations for the end of Year 6.


Schools now have to set up their own way of assessing pupils. We have consulted with a number of different organisations and have decided to use the tracking system that we have already invested in and one that is also used by Sholing Infant School.  It is similar to the system already used in the Early Years and Foundation Stage which you may already be familiar with. This takes the end of year expectations for each year group (also known as Age Related Expectations) and divide them into 3 categories as follows:


  • Emerging— Yet to be secure in the end of year expectations (working towards ARE).
  • Developing—Secure in the majority of the end of year expectations (working within ARE).
  • Secure —Secure in almost all or all the end of year expectations and is able to use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently (working at ARE).


The Department for Education (DfE) want children who are in the secure bracket to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills. They are calling this phase of learning developing a 'Mastery approach' and 'Greater Depth'.  Children who find learning more of a challenge are unlikely to be emerging at the end of the year and may be working on the age related expectations from the year(s) below.